I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal about two weeks ago. As usual, there are a number of new or improved features and changes, the arguably most controversial being the Dash’s Amazon integration. What has not changed, unfortunately, is the problem of the global menubar in LibreOffice. Even more unfortunate, the temporary solution using “unity –reset” I wrote about before does not work anymore.
In Ubuntu 12.10 Compiz and Unity are using Gsettings instead of Gconf and because of this, the “unity –reset” command used to reset Unity doesn’t work anymore. This post explains how to reset compiz and Unity in Ubuntu 12.10.
You might also want to check out the concerning bug report on Launchpad. In the comments, a few tips are given about how to deal with LibreOffice’s disappearing global menu till a permanent solution is found. The problem is mostly with documents opened directly from nautilus. A ‘solution’ therefore is to first open an empty LibreOffice document and then the document you want to work on.
For those in the habit to open their documents from your file manager (and who doesn’t at least once in a while), there luckily is a less annoying fix. Everytime the menu is gone, you just press the Alt key twice. It works for me, but I have to repeat it for every new window, and sometimes for the same window after some time.
A more permanent workaround is to disable the global menu altogether. You can do this by removing the package “libreoffice-gtk”. The side effect is that this also removes all theming, which doesn’t make LibreOffice look any prettier.
All in all, with the Alt-Alt ‘solution’ this isn’t a deal breaker for me yet, but it ain’t pretty.